Matt Branam has been elected president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology by the college’s board of trustees, chairman of the Rose-Hulman board William Fenoglio announced Monday.

The election took place during a special board meeting in Indianapolis on Friday.

Rose-Hulman recently had announced its search for a new president and conducted a successful survey of the market, identifying several potential candidates.

“Early in that process, the trustees became convinced that it was in the institution’s best interest to ask Matt Branam, who has been serving in an interim capacity, to become our permanent president,” Fenoglio said. “We appreciate the interest of a number of academic leaders who responded to our initial search solicitations.”

With his election, Branam becomes the 14th president in the 135-year history of the college. Fenoglio cited various strengths that Branam brings to the position. “Matt is an excellent communicator with a keen understanding of the academic mission of Rose-Hulman,” Fenoglio said. “He has a vision to build on Rose-Hulman’s reputation as the top undergraduate engineering, science and mathematics college in the country.”

“I’ve always known Rose-Hulman to be a very special place with top faculty, staff and students,” Branam said. “Rose-Hulman is the number one college in its class in the country, and the family atmosphere on campus makes it a great place to work and study. But we do much more than teach math, science and engineering at Rose-Hulman; we prepare our best and brightest young people to address the challenges and opportunities our world will face tomorrow. I am honored to be part of it, and thankful to the board of trustees for their confidence and support.”

Branam brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Rose-Hulman. His expertise in fundraising, board relations, public relations, brand management, legal, labor and financial affairs brings Rose-Hulman a seasoned leader. He managed the American Red Cross through a period of tremendous growth and change for its then president, Elizabeth Dole, as its first chief operating officer.

Branam’s experience also includes a distinguished 24-year career with UPS (formerly United Parcel Service) where his local job as a teenager evolved through numerous positions of increased responsibility, including the position of vice president of public affairs in Washington, D.C. A native of Terre Haute, Branam attended Indiana State University, Taylor University and Georgetown University, and he graduated from Rose-Hulman in 1979.

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